Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport

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Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport
Artistic impression of the new airport
Airport type Public, civilian
Owner Nation city capital at Zambia
Location Ndola, Zambia
Elevation AMSL 4,170 ft / 1,270 m
Coordinates 12°59′50″S 28°39′50″E / 12.99722°S 28.66389°E / -12.99722; 28.66389
NLA is located in Zambia
Location of Ndola Airport in Zambia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10L/28R 8,250 2,514.6 Concrete
10R/28L 4,000 1,219.2 Concrete

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (IATA: NLAICAO: FLSK) is an airport located in Copperbelt Province in northern Zambia, in the city of Ndola, near the international border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was officially known as Ndola Airport before being renamed in 2011 in honour of Simon Kapwepwe, the nation's former vice president.

It lies approximately 272 kilometres (169 mi), by air, north of Lusaka International Airport, the largest airport in Zambia.[1]

It is situated 1,270 metres (4,170 ft) above sea level.[2] It has two parallel concrete runways, one measuring 1,219.2 metres (4,000 ft) and the other measuring 2,514.6 metres (8,250 ft) in length.[3]


Ndola Airport is an airport that serves the city of Ndola and surrounding cities on the copperbelt. It handles domestic and international flights for both passengers and cargo.

On 18 September 1961, a UN charter flight carrying United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed en route to land at Ndola Airport. Hammarskjöld and 15 others died in the crash. Although the cause of the crash has never been completely ascertained, it may have been caused by an aircraft attack.[4] The crash site, 15 km west of the airport, has been turned into the Dag Hammarskjöld Crash Site Memorial.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines have scheduled passenger service at Ndola International airport:

Airlines Destinations
Airlink Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Proflight Zambia Kasama, Lusaka, Mansa, Solwezi
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo

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